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NBA Trade Rumors: The Warriors Should Build Around Monta Ellis, Not Trade Him

Hadarii JonesSenior Writer IFebruary 15, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors in action during their game against the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena on January 20, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors, a team known for making questionable decisions, appear to be set in continuing that tradition by contemplating a possible move of their leading scorer Monta Ellis.

If the goal of the team is to maintain a path of irrelevance then this is the move to make, but if the Warriors hope to have any chances of reversing their dismal course they would not even consider a deal for Ellis.

In Ellis and rookie guard Stephen Curry, Golden State has one of the most exciting and promising back courts in the NBA and the onus of management should be centered on building the team around those two players.

I realize there are attractive deals to be made and Golden State would stand to benefit from dealing a 26 point per game scorer, but the Warriors have traveled that path to less than positive results.

I'm all for the Warriors making a deal to enhance the prospects of the team, but Ellis is one of the few bright spots for Golden State, and if the idea is to make the team better, there are other places to look.

As bad as the Warriors are, Ellis, Curry, and Anthony Randolph should be the cornerstones of a franchise searching for an identity, while everyone else should be considered fair game.

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Ellis does have his issues and shooting too much may be one of them, but the recent chemistry established between he and Curry is something that can't be discounted, and  should be seen as Ellis beginning to mature.

Everyone is familiar with the minimal rift created by Ellis when he voiced his displeasure with sharing the back court with Curry, but that was put in the rearview as the duo have become one of the top tandems in the West.

Curry's recent triple-double in the absence of Ellis and Corey Maggette, and the Warriors' subsequent victory in that game is what has led to recent speculation about a possible move.

One game does not make a season and a little perspective is needed when discussing that victory against the Los Angeles Clippers who are not exactly the Boston Celtics.

But the Warriors did defeat the Celtics with Ellis in the line-up and he was a major factor in orchestrating that victory, which stands as a signature moment in an otherwise bleak season.

Popular wisdom says to take advantage of the February 18th trade deadline to upgrade the roster, but few wise decisions are made based on the flawed logic of observers.

The Warriors are a sure-fire bet to make the NBA lottery, and the most logical course of action may be to wait and see which position they receive and then deliberate based on that information.

The most pressing need for this team is help in the paint, and a player whose main focus is instilling a defensive attitude to an organization which has no idea of the concept.

Golden State is set in their back court, so why take a chance at ruining what has began to blossom into the strongest part of your team? Then again, these are the Warriors we are talking about, and trading Ellis would fit their status quo.